C.onsultants in A.ction T.eam Subscription
C.onsultants in A.ction T.eam (CAT)*
- Have an organizational issue that you need confidential help with, but have no permanent staff to dedicate to this task?
- Tired of endless meetings that go nowhere and only frustrate already tired staff?
- Need a fresh outlook on a difficult or challenging case at your agency?
We can help! We are external, objective, qualified professionals offering quick, effective social workers, therapists and counselors who give you a quick, thorough assessment and effective consultation with action steps that can be implemented right away for resolution.
Need team-building for better staff cohesion/retention?
-Our incentive praise protocol will bring a smile to staff faces
Gaps in service that you would like to address in the community?
-Build bridges with our mobile outreach team
-Fill gaps with grant assistance
Not enough interns or volunteers?
-Watch your program bloom using our extensive contact base to bring in free, quality help
Have a crisis, conflict, difficult client or staff incident to process?
-Soothe wounds and move the team forward with our self-care team
-Cost covers us being available and providing tailored services up to 15 hrs/mo.
*Billed monthly upon initial purchase, and will be auto-renewed unless you Contact Us requesting cancellation.
1. I'm coming from another state and don't know where to start looking for a job. Where should I begin?
You should start by thinking about what population and setting you would most like to work with (and income you can expect). There are local websites you can go to for leads on agencies in the area and the services they provide. Also, it helps to know a bit about their agency's strengths and areas for growth so your potential employer can visualize a prosperous future with you as part of their team.
2. I have a client whose needs go beyond the scope of my agency. How can I find more resources?
You can look on the internet for resources, but sometimes you will find outdated listings with eligibility criteria that are no longer valid, or names of agencies that no longer exist. In any FL county, the most up-to-date list of services can be found by dialing 211 from a land-line. In addition, it helps to know someone in the community who is an "expert" in that field. Over the past 18 years in practice, I have developed a network of wonderful professionals who know where hidden resources are, and how to access both formal and informal systems of care to help clients with a variety of needs.
3. I want a new job, but I have been at this one for so long that I don't know what I need to know to change fields, or how to present my experience in a way that is attractive to employers with opportunities I want.
Most often, the skills you have been using at one agency are very applicable to other kinds of work. It is a matter of understanding the common ground between the fields, as well as theories/concepts underlying practice that connect them. The next step is to convince that future employer with an attractive, concise, action-oriented, engaging professional portfolio and interview that you are the candidate they've been waiting for! As a former employer myself, and one who has worked in several very different settings, roles, and with diverse populations, I know what employers in many fields look for in a resume, cover letter, interview and employee.
4. I have encountered an ethical dilemma, and do not know how to handle it. What should I do?
It is usually best to start by consulting your professional code of ethics, and reading through agency policies & procedures regarding the issue. You can also check in with your supervisor at work to see what feedback they can provide. If the ethical issue involves a supervisor, you can call your profession's National Association for further guidance, consult your licensure supervisor, choose an ethical decision making model and begin critical thinking. I had the good fortune of being a graduate student of one of the country's foremost experts on ethics in the helping professions, Dr. Frederick Reamer.
5. I am the administrator of a program that is looking to expand, as well as strengthen services. What can you do to help if we need ideas for growing in the right direction?
- Identify evidence based outcome measures and treatment approaches for your program
- Design & implement staff training, self-care, and other staff development programs to promote employee retention, productivity and health
- Align values and service delivery, prevent mission drift
- Increase diversity in organization from Board of Directors to staff to community stakeholders
- Promote access to your services through outreach, identification and removal of service barriers